Marc is a good friend of mine. He has a lot of qualities and I even thanked him in my book for all the support he provided me. That being said, he’s still using a super-small iPhone 5S and when I sent him the first build of this project, I forgot to handle the keyboard and it was impossible for him to log into the application. Fortunately for the both of us, handling keyboard-related notifications in an iOS application is super easy. Let’s see how Swift and ReactiveSwift can make it even easier.
Lately, I’ve been working on a fun side project involving the MailCore2 library. This tool allows you to work with emails protocols, such as IMAP and SMTP in my case. Mailcore2 is a cross platform library written in C++ with native bindings for the iOS, Android, Windows and Linux platforms. It’s super easy to use (and works with Carthage!) but as it’s often the case with 3rd party libraries: interfacing with ReactiveSwift is not pretty.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Continuous Integration lately. I’m not sure why but it’s a topic I’ve always enjoyed talking or thinking about. I think as long as I’ve been coding, there’s always been a tool that I spent time playing with. I remember cijoe, a tool written in ruby working on top of git. I can also mention Sismo, which was written in PHP. Both tools share a common thing: they weren’t actually used by their creators in their daily jobs, in favor of a more complete tool. To some people, it might seem like time wasted. Why would you work on a tool that you’re not actually going to use for serious, real life projects? To me that’s beautiful.
Lately, I’ve been looking for ways to share some of the things I’ve learned in a different, more entertaining way. I’m pretty happy with the results so far. It really made me hungry for experimenting with drawing, painting, recording videos, podcasting. The problem is, I’m still pretty bad at it and that’s why I won’t show you the result of my last 30 minutes spent in Pixelmator.
I realize that “Keep calm and do whatever” has probably been overused at this point and now belongs to the not-so-cool-anymore memes. But then again, this has been my way of tackling a problem, whether complex or not. When I want to try something, I start with a playground.